Author: VC Reporter

~ MOVIE TIMES ~

CAMARILLO Paseo Camarillo Cinemas 390 Lantana St. 383-2267 Ballets Russes Fri.-Thurs., 12 noon, 4:45 p.m. Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont Fri.-Sat., 12:15, 2:45, 5:15, 7:45, 10 p.m.; Sun.-Thurs., 12:15, 2:45, 5:15, 7:45 p.m. Paradise Now Fri.-Sat., 2:30, 7:30, 9:40 p.m.; Sun.-Thurs., 2:30, 7:30 p.m. Pride & Prejudice Fri.-Sat., 11 a.m., 1:45, 4:30, 7:15, 9:55 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m., 1:45, 4:30, 7:15 p.m.; Mon.-Thurs., 1:45, 4:30, 7:15 p.m. Edwards Cinema 680 Ventura Blvd. 383-8866 Call theater for titles and showtimes. THOUSAND OAKS Janss Marketplace Mann 9 Moorpark Rd./Hillcrest Drive 374-9656 Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe Fri.-Tues., 10:40 a.m., 12:30, 2, 3:50, 5, 7:10, 8, 10:30 p.m. The Family Stone Fri.-Tues., 11 a.m., 1:30, 4:10, 7, 9:40 p.m. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Fri.-Tues., 11:40 a.m., 3:10, 6:40, 10 p.m. Just Friends Fri.-Tues., 12 noon, 2:30, 4:50, 7:20, 9:30 p.m. King Kong Fri.-Sat., 10:50 a.m., 11:50 a.m., 2:40, 3:40, 6:30, 7:30, 10:20, 11:30 p.m.; Sun.-Tues., 10:50 a.m., 11:50 a.m., 2:40, 3:40, 6:30, 7:30, 10:20 p.m. Noddy Saves Xmas / Candy Land Adventure Sat.-Sun., 9:30, 11:30 a.m. Syriana Fri.-Tues., 12:10, 3:30, 6:50, 9:50 p.m. Walk the Line Fri.-Tues., 1:20, 4:20, 7:40, 10:40 p.m. United Artists Oaks Shopping Center 777-FILM Aeon Flux Fri.-Tues., 12 noon, 4:10, 8:40 p.m. Chicken Little Fri.-Tues., 2:20, 6:30 p.m. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Fri.-Tues., 1:30, 4:50, 8:30 p.m....

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~ HAPPENINGS ~

BEDTIME STORIES Fine art photographer and printmaker Lis J. Schwitters portrays visual narratives from family stories and Grimm’s fairytales in her new exhibition of digial ink jet prints, Folktales from the Absurd. With an opening reception Dec. 16, 5-8 p.m., and showing through Jan. 15. Harbor Village Gallery, 1591 Spinnaker Dr., Suite 117 C, Ventura. 644-2750. www.harborvillagegallery.com. Hours Wednesday-Sunday, noon-6 p.m. BUENAVENTURA ART GALLERY Ines Monguio is the featured artist with her show Layers, which refers to the way she works with watercolors, monotypes and etchings, and is also a tongue-in-cheek reference to meaning in art. With reception Dec. 17, 4-7 p.m. Gallery hours: Tues.-Sat. noon-5 p.m. 700 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura. 648-1235. HANSEL AND GRETEL Dec. 17, 2 p.m. The Intimate Opera Company returns with the childhood favorite just in time for the holidays. $20 adults, $18 seniors/students, $15 children 12 and under. Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. 583-7900. Due to the holiday season and constantly changing schedules, the Reporter encourages all readers to call ahead for all events. holiday happenings CHRISTMAS AROUND THE WORLD Thursday, Dec. 15-Sunday, Jan. 8. The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum welcomes the holiday season with their annual exhibit including trees beautifully decorated to represent cultures and traditions from other countries, toy soldiers, garland and Christmas music. The 30 trees represent Armenia, Austria, Canada, Iceland,...

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~ AFTER DARK ~

Alpine 1954 Goodyear Ave., Ventura, 650-1213. Fri.: Future Primitive, Think in Fast, Stopp Look Listen, New Direction, Final Fight, the Dangers, 7 p.m. Sat.: Hit The Deck, Knife Fight, Wargasm, the Machettes, All is Fleeting, 7 p.m. Sun.: Sex Boys, Allergies, mrsd, 7 p.m. Mon.: Wheelchair Renegades, Drawback, Rental 58, 7 p.m. Tue.: Shiny Toy Guns, Calcutta, 7 p.m. Wed.: Aces High, 7 p.m. Andy’s Seafood 550 E. Surfside Dr., Port Hueneme, 488-9533. Thu.: Steve Hill, 5 p.m. Billy O’s 2819 E. Main St., Ventura, 652-0327. Thu. & Fri.: Karaoke hosted by Richard Burns, 9 p.m. Sat.: The Mid-town Revival featuring Holy Diver, Franklin For Short Sun.: Service Industry Night Tue.: Scene Dream featuring the FM’s, Los Olvidados, 11 p.m. Wed.: Wax Wednesdays, 9 p.m. Bombay Bar & Grill 143 S. California St., Ventura, 643-4404. Thu.: Mini Driver Fri.: Joey Peate, 5:30 p.m., Custom Made w/ DJ SIN’RG (Up Front), DJ PJ (Club Oasis) Sat.: Joey Peate, 5:30 p.m., New Vibe w/ DJ SIN’RG (Up Front), DJ PJ (Club Oasis) Sun.: Jimmy Legs, 4 p.m., Kool Karaoke w/ Leigh Balton, 9:30 p.m. Mon.-Wed.: Kool Karaoke w/ Leigh Balton, 9 p.m. Buffalo Records 2111 E. Thompson Blvd., Ventura, 648-3345. Fri.: Tom Brousseau, the Spires, the Shelves, 6 p.m. Café des Artistes 533 E. Main St., Ventura, 641-9951. Thu.: Rockin’ Roger & Friends Fri.: Groove Universe Sat.: Corsican Bros. Mon.: Open...

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Letters

Sex (and cigarettes) on the beach Your editorial, \\\”Big Brother doesn\\\’t smoke, apparently …\\\” (editorial, 12/01/05) laments Ventura City Council\\\’s recent decision to consider an ordinance that would ban smoking from all city parks and city controlled beaches. Your editorial centers around the \\\”slippery slope\\\” we are courting when we ban a legal activity. My reply can best be summarized in a limerick: Banning smokes on the beach argues Rex, singles out smoker’s rights, he objects. But there in the sand Other things he found banned, like driving and shooting and sex. Bob McCampbell Ventura More on Tookie In regard to Clive Leeman\\\’s letter asking the governor to spare Stanley \\\”Tookie\\\” Williams\\\’ life (“Save Tookie!, letters, 12/01/05), I have to ask if Mr. Leeman has done any research on Stanley \\\”Tookie\\\” Williams\\\’ life? Mr. Leeman did mention that Williams was a \\\”founder of the Crips gang,” which in itself is probably not illegal, but what are street gangs known for? How does one become a member of a gang? It is common knowledge that in order to join, one must commit a crime in front of other gang members (as witnesses). Has Mr. Leeman ever heard of the term \\\”accessory to the crime?” According to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Accessory_(legal_term), \\\”common law\\\” traditionally considers an accessory just as guilty as the principal(s) in a crime and subject to the same penalties. Now tell me Williams is...

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Germs not so germy

If someone were to make a list of the best ways for a band to defile the legacy of its dead singer, replacing him with an actor who co-starred in a romantic drama with Mandy Moore would have to be at the top. In that respect, this bizarre Germs reunion — which headlined the grand opening festivities at Alpine over Thanksgiving weekend — has been a complete success. Over the years, punk’s founding fathers have proven to be just as unscrupulous as the greedy rock dinosaurs they promised to displace: Name a band that should’ve stayed down after losing its most famous member and they’re probably appearing next week at a mid-size theater near you. Normally, the replacement is just some dude. Only guitarist Pat Smear, bassist Lorna Doom and whichever of their 900 drummers is playing with them now had the balls to hire freshly scrubbed Tiger Beat pinup Shane West to fill the shoes of their late frontman, legendary burnout Darby Crash, who killed himself in 1980 at age 21. It’s so audacious, it’s almost too punk. To be fair, it probably wasn’t completely their idea: West, whose screen credits include the teen comedy Whatever It Takes and a recurring role on ER, portrays Crash in an upcoming bio-pic. Maybe the producers thought having the group do a real tour would help stir up some publicity for...

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